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Laurent Koscielny | Defensemen

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 165

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Laurent Koscielny took the top spot on this week's Joel Ward All-stars with a stout defensive performance despite Arsenal giving up two goals to Manchester City.
The Arsenal central defender led the Premier League in Week 4 with a combination of nine passes intercepted and three tackles won. The performance certainly does credit to the French international's effort but also raises concerns about Arsenal's midfield that allowed enough to make it through to the defense that Koscielny could be that active. It is worth noting that Koscielny has consistently outperformed his central defensive partner Per Mertesacker in the sorts of secondary statistics like interceptions and tackles that count for fantasy purposes. Sep 15 - 3:29 PM

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Arsenal draw at the King Power Stadium on Sunday but Arsene Wenger confirms the Gunners picked up another three injuries during the match against Leicester City.

Worried fans looked on aghast as Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny suffered a sickening clash of heads leaving the Frenchman bloodied before departing to have staples inserted to close an open wound. Koscielny was able to continue for a short time while Wenger insisted his injury was a major contributory factor as the Foxes equalised just two minutes after Alexis Sanchez had opened the scoring. Calum Chambers was introduced at the request of the player who did not feel comfortable heading the ball although it was confirmed later the he was not concussed; the French Football Federation advised on Monday that the defender has withdrawn from the national squad ahead of friendlies against Spain and Serbia. Mesut Ozil (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (calf) will both be assessed but neither injury is thought to be serious.
Sep 1 - 9:10 AM

Uncertain with an ongoing Achilles complaint, Laurent Koscielny has come to the rescue of a thin Arsenal defense missing Kieran Gibbs and Per Mertesacker.

With Arsene Wenger's preference being to rest Per Mertesacker until the weekend, Arsenal have been buoyed by Laurent Koscielny's ability to play through his minor complaint. Fellow France international Olivier Giroud also stepped up his return from the World Cup to return to his usual starting spot in place of Yaya Sanogo. The issues underline Arsenal's ongoing need for another central defender and another center forward.
Aug 19 - 3:11 PM

After picking up a tweak in the Community Shield match over Manchester City, Laurent Koscielny's status is uncertain for Week 1 against Crystal Palace.

The France international played the entire first half against the defending league champions on Sunday but apparently tweaked his lower leg in the process. Arsenal supporters will be waiting eagerly for Arsene Wenger's press conference on Friday because it is already likely that Per Mertesacker will be absent as he recovers after his World Cup exertions. Both center backs being absent and Thomas Vermaelen having shipped off to Barcelona means that Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal might be the pairing in central defense. Not ideal.
Aug 14 - 9:20 PM

France had an opportunity to take advantage of a lackluster performance from Germany, but they were just as unimpressive and a set piece goal by the Germans was all that was needed to end France's World Cup run in a 0-1 loss.

France were not without their share of opportunities but they could not establish a consistent threat to put the pressure on the Germans. When chances were had, Manuel Neuer kept things very tidy in the area while other shots were off target. The question on the minds of many is why Koscielny was left out of the XI, only to come on later as a substitute for Mamadou Sakho who apparently was not fit enough to last the match. It isn't exactly the debacle that was World Cup 2010 for France, but it was a disappointing exit nonetheless.
Jul 4 - 2:29 PM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Laurent Koscielny will miss out on the Week 33 trip to Everton but he hopes to have the defender back for Week 34 against West Ham.

Laurent Koscielny has been a stalwart for an Arsenal's defense that has been very good this season outside of three horrific matches (@CHE, @LIV, @MAC). With a critical match-up coming up this week against a team just a shade below those top clubs, Koscielny's absence could have major implications on the race for fourth. If Thomas Vermaelen can replicate last weekend's performance against City (which wasn't great but was at least adequate) then Arsenal will likely keep their fourth place spot. If @EVE proves to be even close to @LIV/@CHE/@MAC then things will get very tricky down the stretch.
Apr 3 - 2:00 PM

Laurent Koscielny will miss Arsenal's match with Swansea City on Tuesday but his status for Week 32 and beyond is still unknown.

Missing the Swansea match will be a minor concern for Arsenal but if Koscielny also misses the Week 32 showdown with Manchester City at the Emirates, Arsenal supporters will be fearing another high-profile drubbing. In the French defender's absence, Thomas Vermaelen will likely deputize at center back partnering Per Mertesacker.
Source: @Physioroom
Mar 24 - 12:44 PM

Adding injury to insult, Laurent Koscielny may have picked up an injury against Chelsea on Saturday that will see him miss Arsenal's mid-week match against Swansea.

There is no update from the Arsenal camp as of yet but Arsenal have been able to count on their defense to see them through against all but the biggest of opponents this season. The absence of Koscielny against the Swans may cause some concern as the Gunners look to rebound from the thrashing at Stamford Bridge. Watch this space for an update as the week progresses.
Source: @Physioroom
Mar 24 - 11:44 AM

Laurent Koscielny faces a late fitness check after missing France's friendly with Holland this week.

If Arsenal are to win a trophy this season, it is looking more and more likely that it will have to be the FA Cup. With a difficult match against Everton looming this weekend comes the news that Laurent Koscielny may not be available due to a hamstring issue. Arsenal aren't nearly as good a team when Koscielny and Per Mertesacker aren't paired at the center of defense. Throw in the absence of Walcott, Ramsey and now Jack Wilshere and it will be a decidedly weakened Arsenal squad that attempts to get past the Toffees at the Emirates. There could be an upset a brewing.

Arsenal rolled against Sunderland on Saturday but will be worried about Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny who both left early.

The extent of the two injuries is not clear and neither looked bad at the time but with critical matches coming up in all competitions, Arsenal will be hoping that both players will recover quickly and not be forced to miss any time. Bacary Sagna moved first to right back when Monreal went out with Carl Jenkinson coming in at right back. Sagna then moved to center back when Koscielny went out with Mathieu Flamini moving into the left back role. Arsenal didn't look nearly as assured at the back with their makeshift defense and Sunderland scored their only goal after Koscielny's exit.
Feb 22 - 12:46 PM

Laurent Koscielny was listed as a "major doubt" for Monday's match with Chelsea in Week 17.

"Major doubt" actually represents a step up for the Arsenal center back after his injury last weekend at the Etihad against Manchester City. The possibility inherent in Koscielny being a "doubt" means that neither Vermaelen nor Koscielny has much value for Week 17. It does seem likely that "major doubt" will turn into "probable" for the Boxing Day match with West Ham where he is a more attractive fantasy possibility.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 03:20:00 PM

To add injury to insult, Arsenal lost not only the match to Manchester City at the Etihad today, they lost Laurent Koscielny for an extended spell with a knee laceration.

Arsenal have had an excellent defensive record in the Premier League this season outside of their trip to the Etihad. It will be a challenge to maintain that record with Laurent Koscielny out for an extended period. The French defender has been excellent and is a great compliment to Per Mertesacker at the center of the Arsenal defense. In Koscielny's absence, Thomas Vermaelen will deputize.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 01:45:00 PM

Whether by hook or by crook, Laurent Koscielny will be missing Arsenal's trip across London to Craven Cottage.

The French center back is suspended after his red card in the loss to Aston Villa last weekend. If that weren't enough, he also sustained a deep cut in the mid-week Champions League playoff win and would be doubtful-at-best for this weekend even if he weren't suspended. It's like Arsenal are going out of their way to parody themselves this August - only a Gooners player could both get suspended and injured in the same week with the club facing a crisis at his position.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 06:36:00 PM

He gave up a penalty on a dubious call and then saw red leaving Arsenal down a goal and a man for the last 20+ minutes in Arsenal's loss to Aston Villa at the Emirates.

It was a horrific match for Arsenal's defense in general with Keiran Gibbs getting injured early and Koscielny getting sent off midway through the second half. Throughout the match, Aston Villa used their speed to effectively counterattack. Arsenal's lack of a true holding midfielder showed in a loss that will cause a summer of transfer (or non-transfer) frustrations to come to a boil. Koscielny's sending off combined with the injuries to Gibbs and Vermaelen leave big questions as to who will deputize for Koscielny against Fulham next week.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 12:55:00 PM

Laurent Koscielny has reportedly told Arsene Wenger that he will snub interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich and stay at Arsenal.

Arsenal's defense - in terms of goals allowed - was significantly better in 2012-13 than it was the season before and Koscielny's improvement was a major part of that improvement. Arsenal could really use another center back as cover even if Koscielny stays but if he were to leave it would mean Wenger would likely be in the market for two center backs with one having to be a top level starter.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 11:29:00 AM